The definition of camping would go like”wherever you can sleep uncomfortable” in Latin America, mostly. Generally speaking is “roughing it”, “boondocking” or “bush whacking”. I park the van, I’m home, OK it’s pretty comfy inside the Sprinter. The uncomfortable goes many times for the location.  There is definitely an advantage of traveling in a larger but not huge van, I think I could not do rooftop tent. If you want to camp in clean, comfortable, safe, reliable places it’s USA/Canada. The campgrounds are excellent up there, well, most of them at least and they come with a price, usually between $15-$75/ night. Soon as you cross to Mexico the definition will change and Central America will be like camp-what? Driving through eight Latin American countries I would say it was not hard to keep track of  the few “proper” campgrounds. Many times is not more than a “secure” parking lot. I’ve heard some overlanders saying “skip Central America, go directly to South America”. Well, after one month and half in Ecuador I would say skip nothing, go everywhere, yes even Honduras, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Actually one of the best camp spots is in Honduras at D&D Brewery, especially since they opened a new large area for overlanders. Usually the best campgrounds are operated by ex-overlanders, but there are very few of them.  The answer is simple, they know what overlanders need. Many places will take advantage of the travellers and they will charge as much as possible for as little as possible offered. In Mexico some campgrounds charge as much as $40-50.00/night especially by the Pacific coast and the Mayan Riviera area. As ridiculous it might sound you pay ten bux per person to sleep in your car and you need to use your own tp. From Guatemala to Panama you will count on one hand the number of camp spots with warm (never mind hot) showers. The only thing missing from our van is a mini shower cabin and I wish I could squeeze in one. There are not enough nice words to praise the Thetford Porta Potti. It’s worth its weight in gold, believe me. There is no quick stop at Timmy’s or McDonalds around here, although gas stations are pretty frequent (sometimes), having your own potti on the go on a long trip is great. Same goes for the ARB electric fridge, which is a champ running almost non-stop for three years, long may you live. Last but not least a deep bow to the solar power we have installed which is running our fridge,  all the inside led lighting and power inverter. Honourable mention to the ARB awning with mosquito net, which is used occasionally mainly if we stay longer in a campground. Gradually all the pots,cups,plates and bowls were changed into stainless steel ones. Although we still have some high quality plates bowls from MEC/REI they don’t compare with stainless steel. For cooking we have three types of stoves, yup you read it right. Butane, propane and electric. The Salton induction cooktop was added later from Costco ( $50) and it proved a fantastic thing whenever we have electric hookup. Small, low price, low consumption and easy to clean. For one night stays is butane and longer no hook-ups stays propane. Water is stored in 2X20 L jugs and pumped with a Rocket manual RV tap, which was replaced after two years. The sleeping bags are from MEC/REI  and they are so and so, they hold up but an extra blanket on top is needed quite often in the mountains. They must be rated by some young people I guess, I would not give the -5 C rating to mine for sure, not even +5 C. Actually there is no really wish list beside the mini-shower the set up worked well for three years now. The only advise I have, buy as high quality as you can afford, it will pay back later on the road. Camping stuff is hard to come by on the road and either will be extremely expensive or low quality.










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